COBWEB CORNERS: Two No Man’s Lands
By Mel McFarland
In my April 23 column, I questioned the use of the term “No Man's Land” for the area between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, because most it once belonged to the communities of Arensdale and Adams Crossing
Well, in my research I recently discovered TWO areas on the Westside called No Man's Land. One of them, I should have known! The area of the Colorado Midland/Midland Terminal yards was referred to by that term because it was taken off the Colorado City tax roles as part of the deal to get the railroad to build there in the 1880s. A.Z. Shelton had owned a big chunk of this land, as had Anthony Bott. Colorado City pledged to not annex the yards, and it kept that pledge. When the area south of the yards was annexed, only a sliver of land connected the land to Colorado City, It was not until the 1960s that this land was partially annexed by Colorado Springs.
The other No Man's Land I found was up between Adams Crossing and Manitou. This is the western part of the area I talked about in my previous column. A news article from 1911 defines it as "No Man's Land." So, I will defer to this term as legitimate!
Anyone remember Keith James? He was a man I remember well as a youngster on the Westside. He was blind, as was his wife, and they had sighted children. He would come talk at the schools, but he sold brooms. Anyone remember the Broom Factory on Colorado Avenue near Seventh Street? He would go door to door, much like the Fuller Brush man, selling all kinds of brooms. Back in the 1940s he lost his seeing eye dog named Buddy, It had gone into the street near their home and was hit by a car. A civic action raised the money to buy him another dog. He had to go to Los Angeles to get this dog and to train with him. The public, including the Boy Scouts, paid for the trip and even provided some clothing.
One last little bit. I mentioned in the early days of this column the Spudnut donut shop. In the early 1940s it was on North Nevada. The shop moved to 2430 W. Colorado in 1948, then later to a site just east of Fire Station 3 on Colorado Avenue. Not the present station, but the original 3 on the south side of Colorado near Eighth street. Spudnut's sign was a big donut. The Egberts, who came here with the Army, ran the shop for a long time.